Category Archives: RIP

R.I.P. Millie Kirkham

Millie Kirkham had an unearthly high soprano voice, and recorded with some of the biggest stars of her era (and other eras and ours). Perhaps most famously, she provided the swoopy woozy soprano part on Elvis’ original recording of “Blue … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Mike Nichols

My good friend Dan Callahan wrote a beautiful obituary for Mike Nichols.

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R.I.P. Mike Nichols

Too many good movies to count. Some of my all-time favorites. What a storyteller. I’ve seen his stage productions, too. (In August, 2001, I slept outside – in Central Park, no less – to get free tickets to Mike Nichols’ … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Alfred Wertheimer

Elvis. R.I.P. to the great photographer Alfred Wertheimer, known mainly for the extraordinary series (weak word, there are over 3,800 photos) of photos he took of Elvis Presley during the spring and summer of 1956, right before, and just as, … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Jan Hooks

Nathan Rabin has written a wonderful obituary for this talented woman who has died at the age of 57. It’s a beautiful tribute. The Sweeney Sisters will be emblazoned in my mind forever. In college, my friend Jackie and I … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Marian Seldes

“I’m an actress who adores the audience. I want them there. It would never occur to me to criticize an audience. The fact that they get there amazes me, and that they get there in a group and they stay … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81. I pay tribute to this icon over at

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R.I.P. Lauren Bacall

This was the magazine cover that started it all. Howard Hawks was looking for a protege, a girl he could mold into his perfect woman who could play in those fabulous macho movies he made. His wife, “Slim” Hawks, saw … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Robin Williams

I was on my way home this morning from a screening (that had been canceled last-minute due to a problem with the print or something). I decided to swing by Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway and 50th on my way … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Robin Williams

He came and spoke at my school. He answered questions. He was hilarious, of course, but also forthcoming. But what was extraordinary about him in person, and what is with me right now, on this very sad day, is how … Continue reading

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